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The Karal Ann Marling Collection

Kelvin Smith Library: Special Collections Research Center


Biography | Scope and Content

Quantity: 5 linear feet

Restrictions: The Special Collections Research Center is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CASE ID or other valid official identification card. The Center is open to other researchers by appointment only.

Acquisition: Dr. Marling donated her papers to Case Western Reserve University Library in 1977.


Biography: Karal Ann Marling (1943-  ) 

Karal Ann Marling was born November 5, 1943 in Rochester, New York. She obtained her B.A. degree in art history from the University of Toronto in 1967, her M.A. in art history from Bryn Mawr in 1971. Her dissertation, Federal Patronage and the Woodstock Colony, assesses the economic, political, aesthetic, and social effects of New Deal government art programs on the Woodstock art colony of Ulster County, New York.  Dr. Marling joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in 1971 as Assistant Professor of Art History. 


Scope and Content

Through her own research and that of students in her graduate art history seminars Dr. Marling identified, located, and described much of the art work produced in Cleveland under the sponsorship of various New Deal government art programs. This effort culminated in "Federal Art in Cleveland: 1933-1943," an exhibition of over 500 of these locally produced murals, easel paintings, graphics, sculpture, and photographs held September 16 through November 1, 1974 at the Cleveland Public Library. The exhibit was accompanied by an illustrated catalog written by Dr. Marling (Federal Art in Cleveland, 1933-1943. Cleveland: Cleveland Public Library, 1974).

This collection consists of the material gathered by Dr. Marling and her students in preparation for the 1974 exhibit and catalog. Dr. Marling wished that her papers be housed in the same repository as those of Ernest J. Bohn, who had assisted her research and whose papers contain records of his participation, as director of the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, in the original federal New Deal art programs. 

Arrangement and Description of the Collection 
A brief overview of the collection.

Summary and Detailed Finding Aid of the Karal Ann Marling Collection 
This Summary provides an overview concerning the extent and contents of the 5 series, as well as access to the Detailed Finding Aid.

Dr. Karal Ann Marling's Publications

WPA Prints in the Special Collections Research Center

Bibliography on New Deal Art Projects

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